Start this three ingredient dessert (with an optional fourth ingredient) around lunchtime and you’ll have a flavorful treat for after dinner!
A granita is similar to Italian ice or sorbet made from sugar, water and flavoring. Rather than letting it freeze solid, the base is broken up with a fork on a regular basis so that little crystals form. There are many varieties from coffee, to lemon and orange as well as seasonal flavors made with fresh berries. Savory granitas exist as well and are used between courses as palate cleansers. In Spain it seems to be more commonly served as a slushy drink, whereas in parts of Italy it more closely resemble a sorbet with very small, distinct crystals. (read more here and here)
My facebook feed provided the inspiration for peach and lime granita. The post popped in my feed and eventually scrolled off into oblivion as I was unable to find it again to give credit. Thanks to you, anonymous person, because a mere three peaches made dessert for two with enough left over to freeze for smoothies.
I love that this dessert is dairy free and every bite is scented with peach and lime. It can be a low sugar treat depending on your tastes. I used two tablespoons to sugar the peach slices which seemed delightfully sweet to me, but Rick felt it needed to be more sugary. He drizzled a little honey over his serving and pronounced it very good.
- 3 medium peaches, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste
- zest and juice of one lime
- water as needed
- Sugar the peaches and let stand for 20 minutes or so.
- Stir in the lime juice and zest
- Use a hand held blender to crush the peaches, adding enough water to get things going if necessary.
- Transfer the blended peach mixture to a shallow pan and place in the freezer.
- Every couple hours use the tines of a fork to break up the granita into crystals.
- To serve, remove the granita from the freezer and let stand for a few minutes to loosen.
- Scoop into bowls or glasses and garnish with a lime slice and a drizzle of honey if desired.
- We ate two servings. I used a silicone ice cube tray to refreeze the leftover granita into cubes to use for smoothies.
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like coffee ice cream, so I think I’d enjoy an espresso granita. How about you? Have you had a granita before? Tell me about it in the comments.